As we head into Mother’s Day weekend, we’d like to introduce you to Aileen, a woman who experienced domestic abuse and fled with her three young children.

With nowhere else to go, and lacking the financial means support her children, she sought refuge at YW Calgary.

In addition to providing safe shelter and emotional supports, it’s important to ensure women have the resources they need within the community to find employment and reduce their economic vulnerability. That’s the vital work of our donor-supported Women’s Economic Prosperity team.

Our team connected Aileen with training and mentoring opportunities that enabled her to transition into a career in technology. With new-found confidence, Aileen is improving her financial strength and quality of life for herself and her family. In fact, she is now a trainer with one of our Women’s Economic Prosperity programs – a Tech Bootcamp – empowering other women like herself to believe in and prepare for a better future.

“It’s difficult to rebuild lives after leaving an abusive relationship with no family or support. Many of my trainees share that the tech bootcamp gives them hope—for better employment, to better support their children… to keep going. I am honored that I can inspire and teach women alongside YW Calgary”- Aileen, YW Calgary client

Thanks to the generous support of our donors, Aileen, like more than 3,000 women who accessed our supportive and empowering programs and services last year, was able to find the help she needed through YW Calgary. Support that will have a ripple effect beyond the lives of the women who received help directly.

If you’d like to help a mother in honour of this Mother’s Day, visit our page on how You Can Help.